January 2016 Committee on School Initiatives

THURSDAY
January 28, 2016

9 a.m.

COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL INITIATIVES - Room 1-111
Members: Marty Rowley, Chair; Martha M. Dominguez, Vice Chair; Donna Bahorich; Erika Beltran; Ruben Cortez, Jr. A quorum of the State Board of Education may attend the committee meeting and discuss items on the committee agenda.

Public Testimony - Individual testimony will be taken at the time the related item comes up for committee discussion or action. The procedures for registering and taking public testimony at State Board of Education committee meetings and general board meetings are provided online.

1. Recommendation for Appointments to the Boys Ranch Independent School District Board of Trustees

This item provides an opportunity for board consideration of two appointments to the board of trustees of the Boys Ranch Independent School District. The appointments are necessary due to the expiration of the term of office for two board members. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.352, and 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §61.2.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - CONSENT

2. Recommendation for Appointments to the Randolph Field Independent School District Board of Trustees

This item provides an opportunity for board consideration of two appointments to the board of trustees of the Randolph Field Independent School District. The appointments are necessary due to the expiration of the term of office for two board members. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.352, and 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §61.2.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - CONSENT

3. Review of Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 242, Superintendent Certificate, §242.20, Requirements for the Issuance of the Standard Superintendent Certificate 

This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule action that would amend 19 TAC Chapter 242, Superintendent Certificate, §242.20, Requirements for the Issuance of the Standard Superintendent Certificate. The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §242.20 would provide an individual seeking a superintendent certificate the option to substitute managerial experience in a public school district for the requirement of a principal certificate. The statutory authority for 19 TAC §242.20 is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.003(a), 21.040(4), 21.041(b)(2)-(4), and 21.046(a).

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

4. Review of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 227, Provisions for Educator Preparation Candidates

This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule actions that would revise 19 TAC Chapter 227, Provisions for Educator Preparation Candidates. The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§227.1, 227.5, 227.10, 227.15, and 227.20 and proposed new 19 TAC §227.17 and §227.19 would include changes as a result of House Bill (HB) 2012, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, which required the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the SBEC, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to perform a joint review of the existing standards for preparation and admission that are applicable to educator preparation programs (EPPs). In addition, HBs 1300 and 2205, 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, would be addressed. The proposed revisions would update the rules to reflect current law, clarify minimum standards for all EPPs, allow for flexibility, and ensure consistency among EPPs in the state. The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§227.103, 227.105, and 227.107 would reflect conforming technical edits. The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 227, Subchapter A, is the TEC, §§21.031; 21.044(a) and (g)(2) and (3), as amended by Senate Bill 1296, 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015; 21.0441, as amended by HB 2205 and HB 1300, 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015; 21.049; 21.050(a); and 21.051. The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 227, Subchapter B, is the TEC, §21.041(b)(1) and (4), and Texas Occupations Code, §53.105.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

5. Review of 19 TAC Chapter 100, Charters, Subchapter A, Open-Enrollment Charter Schools, and Subchapter B, Home-Rule School District Charters

Texas Government Code, §2001.039, establishes a four-year rule review cycle for all state agency rules, including State Board of Education (SBOE) rules. This item presents the review of 19 TAC Chapter 100, Charters, Subchapter A, Open-Enrollment Charter Schools, and Subchapter B, Home-Rule School District Charters. Subchapter A establishes charter application and selection procedures and criteria for charters granted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 12, Subchapters D and E; the procedure and content of the annual report on open-enrollment charter governance; and optional provisions for contracting and purchasing. Subchapter B sets forth provisions for adverse action on a home-rule school district charter. The statutory authority for the rule review is the Texas Government Code, §2001.039. The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 100, Subchapter A, is the TEC, §12.101(b-0). The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 100, Subchapter B, is the TEC, §7.102(c)(8) and §12.028.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

6. Charter School Updates

The director of the Charter School Administration Division will present to the committee any updates on the timeline for the Generation Twenty-One Open-Enrollment Charter School Application.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION